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Information for Recipients

Congratulations on being selected as a recipient of a University of Limerick honorary doctorate.  You will receive a letter from the Vice President Academic & Registrar confirming the date, time (usually 16h00) and venue of the ceremony.  In advance of the ceremony you will be required to provide the following:

  • How you wish your name to appear on the parchment and in the Conferring Book
  • A list of guests you may wish to invite
  • A black and white photograph (head and shoulders, 13 x 9cm) for inclusion in the Roll of Honour
  • Your height (for robes)

You will be provided with your robes, i.e. gown, hood and cap, which you may retain as a memento of the occasion.

Order of Ceremony

  • Nominees, proposers and members of Governing Authority, Academic Council and staff are robed and form the academic procession.
  • The Vice President Academic & Registrar opens and closes the ceremony. 
  • The Chancellor initiates the proceedings with his welcome address.
  • Each nominee is usually introduced by a senior academic, whose address should not be longer than eight minutes' duration.
  • The President confers the honorary degree by presenting a suitably inscribed parchment. 
  • Each recipient is invited to sign the "Roll of Honour", which includes a photograph of the recipient and a printed copy of the citation. The President and Chancellor also sign the Roll of Honour.

Click here to see a sample schedule of an honorary doctorate conferring ceremony.

Dress Code

University of Limerick honorary conferrings are formal occasions, and we ask attending staff to dress accordingly.

  • Men should wear a smart suit, shirt and tie and plain black shoes (no boots or runners). Jackets should be buttoned when on stage.
  • Women should wear a smart dress or suit (skirt and jacket or trouser suit). 

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Telephone:  061-202022 / 234840


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